Thursday, March 20, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WRDW) - Job numbers out today show South Carolina has the sixth lowest veteran unemployment rate in the nation.
According to the the 2013 Employment Situation of Veterans report by the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate of veterans dropped in 2012 to 2013.
“Today’s veterans’ employment report for 2013 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows an encouraging drop in overall veterans’ unemployment from 7 percent in 2012 to 6.6 percent. It included a significant reduction in 2013 unemployment for women veterans from 8.3 percent in 2012 to 6.9 percent in 2013 and a decrease from 9.9 percent to 9 percent for all Gulf War-era II veterans."
South Carolina's veteran unemployment rate dropped from 6.9 percent in 2012 to 4.1 percent in 2013. The state now has the sixth lowest unemployment rate for veterans in the country.
“Taking care of our veterans is a major priority in South Carolina and providing them opportunities to use their valuable skill sets in the workplace is a big part of meeting that responsibility," says Gov. Nikki Haley. "This is about making sure South Carolina is the most military friendly state in the country and letting our veterans and their families know we value their sacrifice.”
The Labor Department has several employment tools including American Job Centers across the country. The department has also launched My Next Move for Veterans, which is an online tool that can be used by veterans and transitioning service members to find civilian jobs suited for their qualifications.